During this semester at Stateville, we read different short stories from the collection Tales and Stories for Black Folks edited by Toni Cade Bambara. Within this collection are a variety of rewrites of “classic” fairytales and folktales as well as new interpretations of common African folklore. Students were then asked to rewrite their own tale. We asked questions such as: How would you change the story to tell your own message? What characters would have to change, be omitted, or be added? Who is this story for?

Abdul-Malik Muhammad wrote his own “Anansi the Spider” story. Read Malik’s story below:

Anansi the American Eagle

by Free “Malik” (Wrongfully Convicted Torture Survivor)